Beeroween 2012 – Day 4 – Granville Island Brewing – Limited Release Saison

Hello friends,

It’s Beeroween time. This year, we celebrate the 6 Spectres of Beeroween.

Big props to the Great Ghoul for providing this tasty brew.

Granville Island Brewing Saison

Granville Island Brewing Saison

To hear the audio review, click Play below. For the plain text, keep reading, although I encourage you to ignore the text if possible and use your ears to virtually experience the review. Think of it as the enhanced version.


Text Review

Paper Baggin it?

This brew showed up in a funky paper bag – a gift from the Great Ghoul when I wasn’t looking.
On the 4th day of Beeroween,the great ghoul gave to me, something with not a pumpkin to be seen.

Indeed this is true, it’s not a pumpkin beer, but it’s halloweeny in that it’s in an orange bottle. 😉

This Saison beer is a limited release from Granville Island

Brewing and I am eager to try it as I thoroughly enjoyed the last GIB beer I had last Winter called Jolly Abbott.

Let’s pour. Lots of thick pillowy dense foam on this one, looks like a Hefe underneath all that – no floaties but translucent.

Let’s Smell. Spicy/Fruity/Sour (raisins, grapes, sour apple).

Let’s Taste. Oh that’s very nice! Less peppery than another local Saison – more subtle. Medium tight carbonation – initial sip sour fruit dancing on the sides of my tongue, finishes tart with a slight sweetness.

Definitely worth the buy. It’s a limited release so it might be tricky to find but it’s probably a good foray into the Saison style if you haven’t tried one.

Well that’s all for now. See you next time for Beeroween Day 5. 🙂
Happy Beeroween everyone.

The following sound samples were used courtesy of Freesound.org
Halloween_street02 by Pooleside, the_scream_delay_fx by thanvannispen, horror ambience 14 by klankbeeld.

Beeroween 2012 – Day 3 – Wychwood Brewery – Hobgoblin Legendary Ruby Beer

Hello friends,

It’s Beeroween time. This year, we celebrate the 6 Spectres of Beeroween.

Big props to the Great Ghoul for providing this tasty spooky themed brew.

Beeroween 2012 - Day 3 - Wychwood Brewing - Hobgoblin Ruby Beer

Beeroween 2012 – Day 3 – Wychwood Brewing – Hobgoblin Ruby Beer

To hear the audio review, click Play below. For the plain text, keep reading, although I encourage you to ignore the text if possible and use your ears to virtually experience the review. Think of it as the enhanced version.

 

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Beeroween 2012 – Day 2 – Steamworks Brewing – Pumpkin Ale

Hello friends,

It’s Beeroween time. This year, we celebrate the 6 Spectres of Beeroween.

Big props to the Great Ghoul for providing this tasty spooky themed brew.

Beeroween 2012 - Day 2 - Steamworks Pumpkin Ale

Steamworks Pumpkin Ale

To hear the audio review, click Play below. For the plain text, keep reading, although I encourage you to ignore the text if possible and use your ears to virtually experience the review. Think of it as the enhanced version.

 

 

 

Apologies for the clicks here and there – I was having some technical issues but the Beeroween happens fast so I’ll just have to be more careful on Day 3.

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Beeroween 2012 – Day 1 – Elysian Brewing – Mens Room Original Red

Hello friends,

It’s Beeroween time. This year, we celebrate the 6 Spectres of Beeroween.

Big props to the Great Ghoul for providing this tasty spooky themed brew.

Elysian – Mens Room Original Red

To hear the audio review, click Play below. For the text review, keep reading, although I encourage you to ignore the text if possible and use your ears to virtually experience the review. Think of it as the enhanced version.

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Beer Review – Lighthouse Dark Chocolate Porter

I’ve got to thank my father for contributing this tasty brew for review. It was a leftover from our last tasting and although I tried to get him to keep it till the next time I came by, he insisted I leave with it.

Here it is, in all it’s glory.
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Well, what can we say about said pictured brew? We can start with, YUM!
Let’s get into the visual shall we?

The beer poured the colour of black strap molasses and had minimal (perhaps a pinkies worth) head.

Aroma: Totally awesome big rich chocolate nose with liquor like intensity. I love this, its not just chocolate but truly dark chocolate – rich and deep.

Taste: The taste is big and bold, much like the aroma. It’s got the right mix of a beer base with aspects of dark chocolate. The carbonation seems mild, yet it tickles the tongue on the way down. I’d love to try this with a chocolate mousse – perhaps next time.

I think Lighthouse has hit the bullseye on this one, this is a delicious Chocolate Porter and I highly recommend it. If you can, share it with a friend as it’s a bit much to drink all by yourself. Just saying – besides, who doesn’t like a little company?

Cheers. 🙂

Beer Review – Cannery Brewing Blackberry Porter

Cannery Brewing - Blackberry Porter

I have to thank my co-worker Sue for gifting me with this brew – she’s far too good to me.

It would have made more sense to wait and pair this with a blackberry pie or perhaps a blackberry cheese cake, but alas curiosity and a lack of patience got the best of me and I’ve cracked it open before dinner. So bad – I know… But in my defense, if I like it I’ll be sure to try the pairing next time. Promise. 🙂

Ok, lets get to it – The pour…
Nice activity in the glass, a dark pour with a bold 2 thumbs worth head that resembles the crema on top of an espresso.
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Let’s check the aroma… Wow the aroma is intense, I’m definitely catching the fresh blackberry tang – very authentic.

The first sip – Yum… I like it! It’s not thick and chewy or sweet and syrupy like I expected, in fact, its almost light and summery. It’s still a porter mind you, but I think the blackberry flavoring going on in here could work with a Pilsner beer base.

The beer tastes much like it smells and as I mentioned above, this just confirms it would pair well with the deserts I mentioned.

I like the chances breweries take, and I feel there’s never been a better time to be a beer drinker in BC. I wouldn’t have made the connection of putting blackberries in beer, but somehow it works. This is just another beer in the Cannery Brewing line that I have enjoyed and they’ve earned my purchasing trust with their offerings. Big props again to Sue – thanks for the tasty brew.

Deadbeat Guitarist Mugcast #12 – Howe Sound Brewing – Pothole Filler Imperial Stout

I was digging through my audio files today and discovered this unposted episode.  Who knows what I was thinking at the time – I probably expected to discuss other topics but the way it is edited it sounds complete enough to post.  What you’ll find is a short beer review of Howe Sound Brewing – Pothole Filler Imperial Stout,  in audio form.  Apologies, I can’t seem to locate the accompanying photo of the brew.

 

 

Beer Review – Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Hop Ottin IPA

My co worker Sue grabbed this beer for us to try at the office. It turned out to be a very tasty brew indeed.  I would happily buy this beer if I saw it in the store.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company - Hop Ottin' IPA

Anderson Valley Brewing Company - Hop Ottin' IPA


The interesting thing about this IPA is that it is unexpectedly creamy, and of course finishes with a nice bitter smack of hops. It weighs in at 7% alc/vol and comes in a 1 pt – 6fl oz bottle. Grab one today.

Beer Review – Lighthouse Brewing – Deckhand Belgian Saison

Today’s beer comes by way of Sue. Thank you Sue – you treat me far too well.

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I have a confession to make – I’ve got a BIG soft spot for the Belgian beers. I’m not going to lie, with the higher alcohol content and the exotic yeast, it makes for a heady and unique experience for a country fellow like myself raised in a town where mass produced lagers were the only beers to be found at the local store.

Today I sample Lighthouse Brewing’s – Deckhand Belgian Saison. The brew comes in a 650ml bottle and packs a punch at 8% alc/vol. Don’t let that scare you away, this is a tasty brew worth the buy.

The beer pours with ample head and has a peppery and fruity aroma. The big flavour doesn’t hold back and delivers the same spicy, fruity, peppery taste with a slightly sour and dry finish.

This makes for another fine BC microbrew in this Belgian style. If you like this style of beer, I highly recommend my favorite local Saison from Driftwood Brewing called Farmhand Ale.

Beer Review – Driftwood Brewing – Singularity Russian Imperial Stout (2012)

I have Sue to thank for this funky beveridge.

This beer comes dressed up with wax dripping over the upper 1/4 of the bottle. It’s quite a fun effect until its time to crack it open. Go get that swiss army knife and start cutting because while you make your way to an openable bottle, you’ll be asking yourself, I hope this beer is worth it. And I’m pleased to announce… It is!
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The Beer:
650 ML bottle
11.6 alc/vol

Aroma: Sour cherries, raspberry, rich malt, strong alcohol content!

Taste: Big Stout flavour with one hell of a kick.

Verdict: If you like strong stouts, go out and buy this one, it’s perfect for warming up on a cold winter’s night. Because of the high alcohol content, you’ll want to share it with a friend or pace yourself.

Cheers.

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